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Dairy is the most mucous-forming when taken cold (milk from the fridge, ice cream), when taken first thing in the morning or in the last few hours before bed (best at midday) and especially when it dominates a child's diet (mac n cheese, pizza, cheeseburgers, etc).
Also, the harder the milk is to digest the more trouble it will cause. This means things like pasteurization and homogenization (if you aren't comfortable with raw milk, at least getting non-homogenized and non Ultra-Pasteurized).
Then there is the season--Dairy in wet, mucousy (allergy-time) spring is a strict no-no. Better in the heat of summer and moderate (midday, not too cold) in winter.
Then there is the issue of "kid type" (Ayurvedic Dosha). Kapha (spring-type) kids are more prone to mucous (allergies, colds, asthma, etc) and should be most careful of dairy, especially in spring.
We happen to think dairy can be a very healthy food, so in Summer we do a moderate amount (midday) and then a little in winter, but we warm it up with gentle heat (its raw) and spices--we do this with milk, yogurt, and kefir.
We do no ice cream and use cheese sparingly (sad, I know, but you get used to it!)
We do no "milk substitutes" unless you count bone broth in winter for calcium.
Finally, if you are being careful of milk but just have to give in (pizza party), just make sure to give them something very warming/digestive aid along with it. Ginger is ideal (the sugared crystalized ginger works around here, though we limit it to necessity because of the sugar).
Got no replies in the Toddler section so trying here to see if anyone here has any advice. Thanks
First year of full blown seasonal allergies
In the past I've noticed dd not doing well during a change of season. But this season it's sneezes every morn right after waking up, slight wheezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, cough. Basically, the works. Instead of fighting conventional treatments as we have done in the past (not wanting to use the nebulizer is one e.g.) we are giving her a prescribed cough syrup and claritin (over the counter). Want to avoid claritin in the future, if we can. Has anything natural worked for you. DD is 3.5.
Thanks in advance.
I found this extremely interesting. We bought a milk cow last spring just so we could have a source of CLA rich, grass fed, hormone free, raw milk. Before we got her I had to beg a man at the farmers market to sell me bootleg raw milk.
If I couldn't get raw milk I would give up milk completely as I've read so much about how it's contributing to the skyrocketing rates of asthma and allergies in kids. I sure don't need that.
Not to mention how the hormones that are routinely given to cows to make them produce more and grow faster, are passed through their milk and meat and making little girls hit puberty alarmingly early. Having raised 3 teenage daughters and looking down that road once again, I'm not anxious to prolong the misery, lol. And I sure as heck don't need any more hormones either.
We are all vatas here (except dh, who's pitta) and I'm seriously considering not even refrigerating my drinking milk. I've found I do better with kefir than milk anyway.
My cow is dried off now, preparing to freshen next month. I'll be trying your idea of warming the milk with warming spices, that sounds lovely in our cold winters here.
Thanks, for posting. The book looks wonderful. I bought a copy on amazon. Ayurveda has been great for me, I'm looking forward to applying it to my 2 little ones. Don't know why that hadn't occurred to me before.
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